Bet On The 2019 Kentucky Derby – Odds and Picks

The biggest race in the USA is only a few days away and I can feel the hype starting to build up for the horse racing season.  The Kentucky Derby is the second most bet on sporting event in North America, only second to the Super Bowl, which shows that this race is big business.

The Derby is always a ton of fun for me because it’s somewhat of a blank canvas heading into the race.  We don’t really know who the best 3-year old horse in the nation is and this makes the race very interesting, as well as giving bettors a shot at some decent odds if you do the research.  This year the race is especially wide open with no clear cut favorite and 5 horses with 8/1 or better odds of winning the Kentucky Derby as I write this article.

Omaha Beach was the favorite at 4/1, but he had to pull out of the race on Wednesday, leaving the race very wide open. There are now five horses with a great chance of winning the Derby: Game Winner (9/2), Roadster (6/1), Improbable (6/1), Maximum Security (8/1) and Tacitus (8/1).

In this article I’ll look at the morning line odds for all of the horses in this years Kentucky Derby and also provide a step by step guide to placing a bet on the Kentucky Derby this year.

2019 Kentucky Derby Odds

Here are the morning line odds for the race from  These odds were set by Mike Battaglia for the 45th straight year, and they are considered a prediction of what the odds will be on race day. The odds will change depending on the amount of money bet on each horse leading up to the race.

**These odds are updated following the Omaha Beach withdrawal.

  1. War Of Will 15-1
  2. Tax 20-1
  3. By My Standards 150-1
  4. Gray Magician 50-1
  5. Improbable 5-1
  6. Vekoma 15-1
  7. Maximum Security 8-1
  8. Tacitus 8-1
  9. Plus Que Parfait 30-1
  10. Cutting Humor 30-1
  11. Haikal 30-1
  12. Omaha Beach 4-1
  13. Code of Honor 12-1
  14. Win Win Win 12-1
  15. Master Fencer 50-1
  16. Game Winner 9-2
  17. Roadster 5-1
  18. Long Range Toddy 30-1
  19. Spinoff 30-1
  20. Country House 30-1
  21. Bodexpress 30-1

The horses are listed in order of their post position.

My Pick

I was on Omaha Beach at 4/1, so after he was scratched on Wednesday I had to dive back into the research tank to find which horse I would be backing on Saturday.

I came out of the research session thinking Maximum Security at 8-1 has a great shot at winning this race. He’s won all four races he’s run in his short career, including running away from a field that included Bodexpress and Code of Honor at the Florida Derby.

I like to back horses that know how to win and Maximum Security has never lost a horse race. He put down a very fast time at the Florida Derby and literally ran away from the field after taking the early lead in that race. I like what I see in this horse and at 8-1 he’s my play this Saturday.

Play: Maximum Security 8/1

How To Bet On 2019 Kentucky Derby in the USA

Here’s a quick 3 step guide to betting on the Kentucky Derby if you live in the USA.

Step 1. Open a Account

First you’ll need to open an account at  They are the biggest sportsbook that accepts American residents and also our top rated bookie for US players.  Bovada caters their sportsbook toward the American public, which means easy deposits and withdrawals, and a betting site that is customized for the needs of Americans.

Bovada is currently offering a sign up bonus of $250.

Step 2. Make Your Deposit

You’ll need to make a deposit in order to have funds to bet on the race.  Bovada accepts Bitcoin and credit cards.

Step 3. Place Your Kentucky Derby Bets

You should now be ready to bet on the Kentucky Derby!  Click on ‘Horses’ and then select ‘Churchill Downs’ and ‘Kentucky Derby’ to find the parimutuel odds on race day.

If you’re placing your wagers before race day, you can select ‘Horse Racing Futures and Props’ in the sportsbook section of the website.  You’ll see the odds posted similar to the screenshot I used above.

I think that’s it guys.  Ready to bet?  Click here to visit…

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